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"I am in desperate need of some help. I was very close to finishing the Madison Shawl Knitting Pattern when I knew that I made a mistake on Row 2 but could not figure how I made the mistake. Instead of ending up with only 3 stitches at the end of Row 2, I ended up with 4. I didnt know what to do so I got rid of the extra stitch by doing this yo, s, s k2 pass the 2 slipped stitches over. Of course, this did not work out.br /I followed the directions and cast on 135 stitches.br /Row 1 says to purl the entire row. 135 stitches remain.br /Row 2 says to Knit the first 2 stitches, then yo, skpo and repeat the sequence between the s until there are 3 stitches remaining.br /My Problembr /When I finished the last sequence of yo, skpo, there were 4 stitches remaining, not 3.br /On the last 3 stitches you are supposed to do yo, sk2po (thus using up the 3 remaining stitches). But there is still 1 stitch remaining on the left needle, when there should be none left. I unravelled 4 balls worth of knitting and started over. I followed the instructions, counting my 135 stitches after casting on and completing Row 1, purling the whole row.br /I continued on to Row 2, following the directions exactly. As I finished the last sequence of yo, sKpo, I still had 4 stitches remaining instead of 3 on my left needle.br /I have gone over this pattern again and again. I finally decided to write down the number of stitches as if I were knitting the pattern, and still, I end up with 4 stitches remaining at the end of Row 2! I cant continue on with this pattern until someone tells me what I am doing wrong. I bought the wool indicated in the pattern, which was very expensive, now Im stuck because I cant finish Row 2 properly. If anyone understands what I am trying to explain, can you please advise me as to what I am doing wrong? I would love to keep working on this shawl, but I cant continue and its driving me insane. The wool is beginning to look raggedy from all of the knitting, unravelling, knitting, recounting, etc.br /I am desperate, so any advice offered to correct my work will be greatly appreciated.br /Thank You."
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How to Do the Thumb Method Cast On

Learning the thumb method cast on will completely transform the way you cast on your stitches! It's so easy and so fast.

Learning how to knit is an exciting process, but some patience is required. Getting your needles prepped and ready for knitting is vital. In order to start knitting, you'll need to know how to cast on. Casting on is much like making a slip knot and then using some method to get the rest of your stitches looped onto your needle from that first slip knot. 

If you know how to make a slip knot, you're already halfway there. The thumb method cast on is so simple. Some even find it easier than the longtail cast on!

Take a look at the steps below to learn how to do the knit on method.

Step 1

The most simple method of casting on is to use your thumb. In order to do this, however, you must leave a long tail of yarn, to use in the casting on process.

Step 2

Make a slip knot. If you don't know how to do this, check out this easy tutorial:

Step 3

Hold the knitting needle in your right hand.

Step 4

Wrap your thumb around the yarn, by passing your thumb over the yarn, then bringing your thumb under the yarn and toward you.

Step 5

Pass the knitting needle through the loop on your thumb, from front to back.

Step 6

Grasp the yarn end that is still attached to the ball of yarn, and bring the yarn between your thumb, and the knitting needle.

Step 7

Use your thumb to slip the loop over the end of the knitting needle, leaving the yarn end on the needle.

Step 8

Tighten up the stitch by tugging on both ends of the yarn.

Step 9

Repeat this to add as many stitches as your project will require.

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This is long tail cast on with tail and working yarn switched

This is just the long tail cast on done a little differently. It is not a new cast on at all.

This seems like a little more complicated than a traditional cast on, but I can see how it would be a lot easier for some people to master!

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